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Band of the Hand (1986)

Juvenile lost causes are reformed by a war veteran using survival tactics.


Leo Garen, Jack Baran

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Lang ... Joe
Michael Carmine ... Ruben
Lauren Holly ... Nikki
John Cameron Mitchell ... J.L.
Danny Quinn ... Carlos (as Daniele Quinn)
Leon ... Moss (as Leon Robinson)
Al Shannon Al Shannon ... Dorcey
Danton Stone ... Aldo
Paul Calderon ... Tito
Laurence Fishburne ... Cream (as Larry Fishburne)
James Remar ... Nestor
Tony Bolano Tony Bolano ... Felix
Frank Gilbert Frank Gilbert ... Antoine
Erla Julmiste Erla Julmiste ... Celeste
Deborah King Deborah King ... Yvette


In an attempt of resocialisation, five hopeless juvenile criminals are sent away from prison into the Everglades for a survival training under the Indian Joe. When this is successful, they move back to Miami. However this offends the former illegal inhabitants of their house, all loyal customers of drug baron Cream. The conflict leads to armed fights. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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They're back on the mean streets. But this time, they're the good guys.


Action | Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

11 April 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

5 utan nåd See more »

Filming Locations:

Florida, USA See more »


Box Office


$8,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,235,720, 13 April 1986, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


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Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Martin Ferrero, appearing here uncredited as the hardware clerk with a profound knowledge of gopher extermination methods, is one of Micheal Mann (I)'s "stock company", having appeared in Heat (1995), Crime Story (1986) and 23 episodes of Miami Vice (1984) See more »


Nikki fires two rapid-fire shots from a pump shotgun without reloading. See more »


Joe: One sharp knife can feed you, clothe you, keep you warm and dry.
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Featured in The Seventh Sign (1988) See more »


Band of the Hand
Written by Bob Dylan
Performed by Bob Dylan with "The Heartbreakers": Mike Campbell, Howie Epstein,
Stan Lynch, Benmont Tench
Produced by Tom Petty
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Perfect cheezy 80's flick.
26 April 1999 | by nos4a2-2See all my reviews

This is one of those movies that you had to see when it first came out. It also helps I think if you were the same age as the kids in the movie. The locations were magnificent. And some of the performances were not too shabby either I might add. This was an atypical 80's movie, set in Florida (do you think that a Miami Vice relation was intentional?). When I was a kid I loved this movie, and upon watching it again recently, I didn't even remember how cheesy it was. I just remembered these 5 deadbeat kids, forced to work as a group to survive, and everyone thinking that it would never work. Even now that I've seen it and know how cheesy it is, I still just remember it the way I used too.

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